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The Daily Dose
Colin Rawn
February 17, 2011

Everyone can use a Daily Dose of levity...

David Letterman Top 10 List:
Thursday's Question:
What movie do Thora Birch, Wes Bentley and Mena Suvari have in common?

Wednesday's Answer:
Daily Dose:

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.

~ Thomas Carlyle

This Day in History:
Italian philospher, alchemist, and Copernican theory advocate Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for heresy by the Inquisition.

The electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr was broken by the House of Representatives who elected Jefferson president.

Baltimore became the first U.S. city lit by gas.

The Confederate submarine Hunley, equipped with an explosive at the end of a protruding spar, rammed and sank the Union's ship Housatonic off the coast of Charleston, S.C.

Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly premiered in Milan.

President Richard Nixon left on his trip to China.

Chess champion Garry Kasparov beat the IBM computer, Deep Blue, winning the six-game match.


Top Ten Highlights Of Kim Jong-Il's Birthday Celebration

10. Kim Jong-Il's grand entrance inside an egg
9. Wings and video games at the Pyongyang Dave & Busters
8. Reunited Kim Jong-Il with his three sons Robbie, Chip and Ernie Jong-Il
7. The birthday phone call from Dick Cheney
6. He's flying everyone in the country to Australia
5. Free breakfast from CAA in the 11th floor conference room
4. Kim Jong-Il unveiled a brand new pair of oversized ladies sunglasses
3. Rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" performed by starving dissidents held at gunpoint
2. Carvel cake in shape of nut-zapping torture box
1. Special Top Ten lis presented by Lindsay Lohan


Working Daze - February 17, 2011

Calvin and Hobbes

Word Of The Day:

flounce \FLOUNSS\



a : to move with exaggerated jerky or bouncy motions b : to go with sudden determination2: flounder, struggle

Bernard flounced around the house in a huff, yanking doors open and slamming them shut as he stomped from room to room.

"The Master of the Music flounced out with the choir flouncing out in perfect unison behind him." -- From Terry Pratchett's 2009 novel Unseen Academicals

The story behind "flounce" is an elusive one. The verb's first recorded use in English occurred in 1542, and some scholars believe it is related to the Norwegian verb "flunsa" (meaning "to hurry" or "to work briskly") and Swedish "flunsa" ("to fall with a splash" or "to plunge"). The connection is uncertain, however, because the "flunsa" verbs did not appear in their respective languages until the 18th century, long after "flounce" surfaced in English. A second distinct sense of "flounce," referring to a strip or ruffle of fabric attached on one edge, did not appear in English until the 18th century. This "flounce" derives from the Middle English "frouncen" ("to curl").

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